11:05 05 February 2016
Joe Alaskey, the voice behind some Looney Tunes characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Sylvester the Cat has died at 63. He was also heard as President Nixon in Forrest Gump and Grandpa Lou Pickles in the Rugrats films. Reports suggest that he had cancer.
Alaskey was born in upstate New York and work as an impressionists before working for Warner Bros. In 1998, he voiced the cartoon figures Yosemite Sam and Foghorn Leghorn in the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
He was given a Daytime Emmy for his work in Duck Dodgers, where he voiced Marvin the Martian and Daffy Duck. In an interview in 2012, he admitted that the most challenging part of his job was mastering Bugs Bunny’s distinctive twang.
He said: "It took me two years. The Brooklyn and the Bronx [accents] mixed together [is] very tricky, but I eventually got it down."